The attention-grabbing firestorm that is the story of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling continues to spew flames. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Sterling attempted to debunk the picture that has been painted of him and claim that he is not a racist. However, if it is forgiveness he wants, he will have to look elsewhere because no one in the NBA is prepared to give it to him.
“I’m a good member who made a mistake and I’m apologizing and I’m asking for forgiveness,” Sterling told Cooper in an interview that will air Monday night, according to ESPN. “Am I entitled to one mistake, am I after 35 years? I mean, I love my league, I love my partners. Am I entitled to one mistake? It’s a terrible mistake, and I’ll never do it again.”
It was a terrible mistake, and a smart bet is that he will never make another racist comment as long as he lives. Unfortunately, we all know what he said. He had several opportunities during the recordings to shine himself in a different light and he never did so. Racist comments should not be tolerated no matter what the business is, and a billionaire owner is no exception.
The players want Sterling out, and it is only a matter of time until the other owners show how they truly feel when they take a vote on the future of the Clippers ownership. For him to ask for forgiveness is natural, but if he really believes the players or league personnel are ready to forget everything that happened this past month then he better think again. It is too sensitive of a topic to allow bygones be bygones. Not to mention, Sterling’s words were very damaging to a nation that has put racism in the rearview mirror.
It is truly unfortunate that an owner may lose his team for something that he said in the privacy of his own home, but the NBA has to draw the line somewhere, which they did correctly.